Internet Archive

Gaming

70 Long-Lost Japanese Video Games Have Been Discovered in a 67GB Folder of ROMs on a Private Forum

They were found in a folder called "DO NOT UPLOAD."
Deidre Olsen
6.5.18
Web Archiving

The Internet Archive Can't Preserve the Web's History by Itself

The Joy Reid saga highlights the strengths and weaknesses of web archiving.
Michael L. Nelson
4.30.18
Internet Archive

Relive the Golden Age of Tiger Electronics Handhelds Thanks to the Internet Archive

To save these games, the Internet Archive had to destroy them.
Matthew Gault
3.19.18
Karaoke

The Pentagon Has the Worst PowerPoint Slides You’ve Ever Seen

The military is just like us—it can’t PowerPoint either.
Matthew Gault
2.20.18
data hoarding

Inside the Insane Plan to Build an Unofficial Archive of All of Instagram

Instagram is trying to shut down the project, which has already archived nearly 600 TB of photos from tens of thousands of accounts.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.8.17
Internet Archive

These Ancient GIFs Are a Dose of Good Internet

A treasure trove of early computer graphics.
Rachel Pick
9.7.17
Apple

A 15-Year-Old Has Saved an 80GB Archive of Apple Videos From YouTube’s Censors

A massive archive of files deleted by YouTube has been saved as a huge torrent file.
Samantha Cole
8.22.17
What's Dead May Never Die

Flash Will Never Die

Hobbyists and internet historians will never forget—or stop using—everyone's least favorite browser plugin.
Jason Koebler
7.26.17
hush-a-phone

Why Is the Internet Archive Painstakingly Preserving One Man's Junk Mail?

Ted Nelson, the man who came up with the idea of hypertext, kept 18 boxes of junk mail sitting around for decades. Now the Internet Archive is bringing it back to life in digital form.
Ernie Smith
7.25.17
Oops

A Technical Issue Made People Think Comcast Had Brought on the Post-Net Neutrality Apocalypse

Many Comcast users were unable to access archive.org, which led people to sound the censorship sirens.
Jason Koebler
6.2.17
HOTY

Jason Scott Is Archiving CD-ROMs and Floppy Discs From Closets Around the World

Game patches, spreadsheet software, FTP sites, software update files—the digital preservationist is saving rare bits of computer history that would otherwise be lost forever.
Jason Koebler
5.3.17
White Whales

Software Preservation Is a Job for the Government, UNESCO Says

Code is heritage.
Jordan Pearson
4.5.17